Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Clay Aiken Special Heads Home to Carolina

Clay Aiken featured on 'Centerpiece' cover.
Click twice to enlarge scan of UNC-TV magazine.

San Francisco Date Confirmed

UNC-TV Spotlights Aiken Special

The Clay Aiken: Tried & True ~ LIVE! special, playing on PBS stations across the nation since July 31, is finally coming "home" with a Sept. 11 premiere telecast on UNC-TV, North Carolina's 12-station statewide public television network.

Tuesday UNC-TV supporters received the September issue of the Centerpiece magazine with the Carolina native featured on the cover. The Tried & True concert kicks off a week of new specials and fan favorites Sept. 11 - 19 dubbed SeptemberFest 2010.

The special week of performance-packed prime time specials begins with a bang Saturday, September 11, at 8 PM as chart-topping American Idol alum Clay Aiken appears -- LIVE -- in the UNC-TV studio for the premiere of Clay Aiken Tried & True.

Throughout the evening, Clay reaches back into the romantic past of the '50s, '60s and '70s to put his stamp on some of music's most iconic and immortal songs.

Filmed in Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium, this hometown hero gets a little help from his friends. American Idol Ruben Studdard and leading lady Linda Eder join Clay for a night full of such sentimental standards as Mack the Knife, Misty, Unchained Melody, and Roy Orbison's classic lament Crying.

Operated by the University of North Carolina, the studios are located at the UNC Center for Public Television at Research Triangle Park. Below are double clickable scans from Centerpiece.

Clay Aiken: Tried & True ~ LIVE will air on South Carolina ETV at 7 p.m. EDT tonight (8/25) for this network of stations: WNTV, WNTV, WRLK-TV, WJPM-TV, WEBA-TV, WJWJ-TV, WRJA-TV, WNSC-TV, WHMC-TV, WRET-TV, WNEH. Tickets for the Feb 24, 2011 Tried & True Concert in Greenville, SC, will be offered during pledge drive breaks.

West Virgina Public Broadcasting (WPBY-TV, WSWP-TV, WNPB-TV) has also scheduled the Tried & True Live special for Sept. 11-19.

See the CANN
PBS Database for other September airings.

San Francisco T&T Concert Set

A March 12 performance in San Francisco's Regency Ballroom was officially added to the 2011 Tried & True Tour roster Tuesday.

Built in 1909, the Regency Ballroom features blond hardwood floors, a horseshoe-shaped balcony, and a built-in stage. The Grand Ballroom has 35 foot ceilings and 22 turn-of-the-century teardrop chandeliers.

The Regency Ballroom is operated by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live, the nation’s second-largest concert promotion and touring company. Below are clickables of the luxurious Regency Ballroom:

Official Fan Club members should watch for ticket pre-sales for San Francisco and other venues in mid September. Tickets for the San Francisco show will go on sale to the public on Oct. 3.

Currently, tickets are on sale for shows in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Memphis. Below is an updated 2011 tour line-up.

2011 Tried & True Tour Sites

Miami, FL - Feb 10, The Adrienne Arsht Center
Orlando, FL - Feb 11, The Hard Rock Cafe
Sarasota, FL - Feb. 12, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Houston, TX - Feb. 14, Jones Hall
Atlanta, GA - Feb 16, The Cobb Energy Centre
Knoxville, TN - Feb. 17, Tennessee Theater
Pittsburgh, PA - Feb 18, Carnegie Library Music Hall (Homestead)
Cleveland, OH - Feb 19, Playhouse Square
Baltimore, MD - Feb 22, Kraushaar Auditorium (Goucher College)
Charlotte, NC - Feb 23, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Greenville, SC - Feb 24, The Peace Center
Westbury, NY - Feb 26, Theater at Westbury
Glenside, PA - Feb 27, Keswick Theater
Cincinnati, OH - Mar 01, Taft Theatre
Fort Wayne, IN - Mar 02, Embassy Centre
Waukegan, IL - Mar 04, Genesee Theater
Minneapolis, MN - Mar 05, State Theatre
Memphis, TN - Mar 07, Minglewood Hall
Grand Prairie, TX - Mar 08, Verizon GP
Mesa, AZ - Mar 10, Mesa Arts Center
San Francisco, CA - Mar 12, Regency Ballroom

That's What Friends Are For - Montage by LovesClaysVoice
Performed by Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, & Friends.
View full screen at
YouTube. Download with this Sendspace.

Meanwhile, replays of the popular 17-city Timeless Tour of Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard abound on YouTube and other video sites. Much has been written about the special bond between the headliners, whose close friendship and comedic timing were front and center during the summer shows.

In her latest montage, LovesClaysVoice highlights visuals from the summer performances to the accompaniment of Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, and Friends.

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!


Thank you for your blog comments and props for the contributing artists. To leave a remark, scroll to the bottom of that section, click on the "Post a Comment" link, and write in the box provided. Many thnx for stopping by today! - Caro


Anonymous said...

And South Carolina markets get TnT tonight! (Sadly, my PBS is Wilmington, so nuttin for me, yet!)


jbc4clay said...

GA has already shown the PBS Special - T & T - It was wonderful. I hope it will be aired again. Thank you for the video! Loved it!

chel4clay said...

I'm looking forward to watching this here in our hometown. I'm praying it does really well with the locals and they can see what they've been missing.

Anonymous said...

I love Clay being around...Sure hope he doesn't dissapear when this stuff he is doing now is done....can hope! Love seeing all the videos, thanks! Your blogs are awesome! D. in Wi.

clayam said...

Received my Tried and True PBS DVD today, Clay Aiken is such a showman... I am still smiling from watching the DVD.
Now I am anxiously waiting for the concert in Mesa AZ. in March.

LovesClaysVoice said...

The PBS special hasn't shown in my area yet, but I'm still hoping! I was at the taping and have watched the DVD several times. It was wonderful!

Caro, thanks for the pics and for featuring my Clay and Ruben montage!

Carolina Clay said...


Thank you for your kind remarks in this Carolina entry. I'm glad you enjoyed the excellent montage by LovesClaysVoice.

In NC, we are excited that Clay's PBS Special is just a couple of weeks away. I'm very happy that we have a confirmed west coast T&T Tour date in San Francisco.

Have a great week, all!


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

I LOVE the Montage by LovesClaysVoice, I could spend my day watching montages by ALL the talented Clay Aiken Fans....AWESOME!!!!

I love the DVD and can't wait for the PBS Special in my area.

Have a great day Caro.


katy said...

Thank you for the "click twice" directions. Love the UNC cover!

lulu said...

The tour sites for Clay Aiken's T&T tour are filling in nicely including the add of San Francisco.

MissSally said...

I loved the "Hometown Hero" write up in Centerpiece magazine.

Clay's star continues to rise, and there is still so much to look forward to.